M/B Bios Settings

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Sat Nov 1 08:43:17 PST 2003

knomadness <knomadness at yahoo.com> writes:

> I am new to the unix, lunix and freebsd systems. I am
> familiar with bios settings for win98se and xp,
> however, i am not with freebsd or otherwise.
> I have 2 machines that i am building. one has a
> Gigabyte GA-7VRXP(2.0) m/b and the other has an Asus
> A7V333 m/b.
> In my bios settings, how should I set them for freebsd
> 5.1?;

Mostly, it shouldn't matter.
Remember, however, that 5.x isn't really intended for neophytes.

> In Features Setup; Interrupt Mode- PIC or APIC?
> Are there any other bios settings that freebsd
> requires or accepts?

Don't change any BIOS settings from their defaults except to deal with
observed problems.

> When setting up the video card configuration in
> X-windows, how do you indicate or direct it to use the
> AGP slot not a PCI slot?

Usually, by inserting a video card into an AGP slot instead of a PCI
slot.  If you have both installed, then the answer kind of depends on
why you did that; the PC architecture doesn't deal well with such a

> Are there any other idiosyncrasies that i need to be
> aware of?

It's usually best to try the install and deal with problems, rather
than trying to anticipate problems that wouldn't have occurred anyway.

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